A group of Jews pray in a small 100-year-old synagogue in Jubare, the old Jewish quarters of Isfahan. With some 9,000 Jews, Iran has the second-largest Jewish population in the Middle East after Israel.
Iran – Photo Tip

Take the longer view for better photos

Photo by Kaveh Kazemi

Iran – Photo Tip Take the longer view for better photos

To be a photographer is a way of life. But someone walking with a camera has to have some idea why they are shooting – that I was reminded of while at work in Iran.

Kaveh Kazemi
Kaveh Kazemi Photojournalist

You may be quite happy snapping away and posting in Facebook. That is fine. If you want to do serious photography, however, stop looking at single images and shooting randomly, in different places. Stay focused on one subject and try to develop that. Your talents and your dedication will prevail in doing one small story. For example, I started a project on nuns when I was younger that continues to this day.

Take a long term view. After five years you might have 50 good photos. The pictures of such masters as Cartier-Bresson did not become icons immediately. They were shooting for years until they managed to become famous when they put it all in front of us. A friend once asked Cartier-Bresson how many good pictures he had shot in his career. He thought for a moment and eventually he said he might not even have ten. We are flooded with images now and to the public at large it all looks the same. There are too many images and it makes it difficult for the really good to stand out.

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After the Islamic Revolution most of Iran's population of Jews left for Israel, Europe or America. The remaining community has now stabilised and enjoys a religious freedom not experienced in many neighboring countries. Photo by Kaveh Kazemi / Getty Images

Kaveh Kazemi

Kaveh Kazemi

Nikon D700

Agency
Getty Images
Aperture
ƒ/3.5
Exposure
1/50
ISO
320
Focal
24 mm

After the Islamic Revolution most of Iran's population of Jews left for Israel, Europe or America. The remaining community has now stabilised and enjoys a religious freedom not experienced in many neighboring countries.

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